In elections in three German states today the current party the CDU (Christian Democrat Party), lost some seats. In fact, they lost control in two states and saw the rise of the AFD (Alternative for Deutschland) party. Most attribute the losses to German Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policies.
The number of parties running in Germany makes the results a little more complicated than the American mostly two party system. Even though the AFD didn’t take a majority in any of the three states, their placement pushes the CDU out of power in two of the states.
The AFD have been characterized as they anti-immigration party. But much like Trump supporters in the US, it would false to think all of the AFD’s growing popularity is because of immigration, it is uncontrolled immigration where immigrants complain about their housing and free money, that may have had a large effect on the German population. What country can take millions of unskilled, often illiterate and culturally different immigrants and continue to survive? The cost alone is staggering.
Then there is the question of assimilation. If one were to peruse the daily newspapers, even those completely in the tank for Merkel, you can find many stories of assault, rape, murder attributed recent refugees. Of course, it’s overblown the German establishment with tell you.
Today a message was sent. Will it be heeded?